Reef by Edith Wharton
Look inside with Google Book Preview
By Edith Wharton

The Reef

By (author) See other recent books by Edith Wharton
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $40.35
Your Price: $36.31 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $4.03! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.82 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 8-11 days

Reef by Edith Wharton

Book Description

"I put most of myself into that opus," Edith Wharton said of The Reef, possibly her most autobiographical novel. Published in 1912, it was, Bernard Berenson told Henry Adams, "better than any previous work excepting Ethan Frome." A challenge to the moral climate of the day, The Reef follows the fancies of George Darrow, a young diplomat en route from London to France, intent on proposing to the widowed Anna Leath. Unsettled by Anna's reticence, Darrow drifts into an affair with Sophy Viner, a charmingly naive and impecunious young woman whose relations with Darrow and Anna's family threaten his prospects for success. For its dramatic construction and acute insight into social mores and the multifaceted problem of sexuality, The Reef stands as one of Edith Wharton's most daring works of fiction.

Buy Reef book by Edith Wharton from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780684824444
ISBN-10: 0684824442
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 22mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 7-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...

Books By Author Edith Wharton

Afterward by Edith Wharton Afterward, Paperback (October 2016)

An eerie Christmas tale by Edith Wharton is reborn in this illustrated edition by inimitable cartoonist Seth.

Custom of the Country and Other Classic Novels by Edith Wharton Custom of the Country and Other Classic Novels, Hardback (November 2015)

This book is a bindup of three novels by Edith Wharton: "The Custom of the Country", "The House of Mirth", and "The Age of Innocence". It is part of the Fall River Classics line of jacketed hardbacks, being brought out to coincide with an 8-part mini-series adaptation of the title novel featuring Scarlett Johansson.

» View all books by Edith Wharton


US Kirkus Review » A reissue in an edition uniform with others recently republished, this has an introduction by Louis Auchincloss. The Reef, which first appeared in 1912, was the only Jamesian novel Edith Wharton wrote (although others were allegedly believed to have been attempted) and while not as well known as some of her other works, has always been held in high critical regard. (Kirkus Reviews)

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Reef book by Edith Wharton and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Edith Wharton

America's most famous woman of letters, and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Edith Wharton was born into one of the last "leisured class" families in New York City, as she put it, in 1862. Educated privately, she was married to Edward Wharton in 1885, and for the next few years, they spent their time in the high society of Newport (Rhode Island), then Lenox (Massachusetts) and Europe. It was in Europe that Wharton first met Henry James, who was to have a profound and lasting influence on her life and work. Wharton's first published book was a work of nonfiction, in collaboration with Ogden Codman, The Decoration of Houses (1897), but from early on, her marriage had been a source of distress, and she was advised by her doctor to write fiction to relieve her nervous tension. Wharton's first short stories appeared in Scribner's Magazine, and though she published several volumes of fiction around the turn of the century, including The Greater Inclination (1899), The Touchstone (1900), Crucial Instances (1901), The Valley of Decision (1902), Sanctuary (1903), and The Descent of Man and Other Stories (1904), it wasn't until 1905, with the publication of the bestselling The House of Mirth, that she was recognized as one of the most important novelists of her time for her keen social insight and subtle sense of satire. In 1906, Wharton visited Paris, which inspired Madame de Treymes (1907), and made her home there in 1907, finally divorcing her husband in 1912. The years before the outbreak of World War I represent the core of her artistic achievement, when Ethan Frome (1911), The Reef (1912), and The Custom of the Country (1913) were published. During the war, she remained in France organizing relief for Belgian refugees, for which she was later awarded the Legion of Honor. She also wrote two novels about the war, The Marne (1918) and A Son at the Front (1923), and continued, in France, to write about New England and the Newport society she had known so well in Summer (1917), the companion to Ethan Frome, and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. Wharton died in France in 1937. Her other works include Old New York (1924), The Mother's Recompense (1925), The Writing of Fiction (1925), The Children (1928), Hudson River Bracketed (1929), and her autobiography, A Backward Glance (1934).

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Edith Wharton close
Afterward by Edith Wharton
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Custom of the Country and Other Classic Novels by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton: Four Novels of the 1920s by Edith Wharton
Summer by Edith Wharton
Book of the Homeless by Edith Wharton
Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton the Dover Reader by Edith Wharton
Reckoning by Edith Wharton
In Morocco by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
Eyes by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
» close